Gianluca Luisi is the winner of the International Bach piano contest. Luisi's performance revealed a technique characterised by a remarkable independence and control of the fingers. An economic use of pedalling and half-pedalling, mostly to accompany single notes, enhanced the overall effect without exaggerating the dynamics. This was warm-hearted and spirited playing, completely free from rhetoric, very appealing and which took the audience immediately to the heart of the music. (The Sunday Times, October 7, 2001)
Recorded at: Aula Magna del Politecnico, Torino,
Engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Jean-Honore Fragonard: 'Music Lesson' (c. 1769)
studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2006
Gianluca Luisi graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Pesaro; studied at the "Incontri col Maestro International Academy" in Imola and with Aldo Ciccolini in Naples and Paris.
A winner of numerous competitions (TIM International Competition, Rendano, Cesenatico, Italian Music Youth Auditions, Sulmona) Gianluca received the first prize of the 4th International J.S. Bach competition in Saarbrucken in 2001. He was selected among 54 pianists from 26 different countries while the critics heralded him as a new interpreter of J.S. Bach. On that occasion the Saarbrucken Zeitung declared: "Well deserved […] because the young man is a great interpreter of Bach […].”
Gianluca Luisi has performed in prestigious halls and important venues, such as the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Festival of the rarity of the piano music of Husum (Germany), the concert hall Toyota (Japan), the "Musical Evenings" (Serate Musicali) in Milan, the Fondazione del Teatro Lirico di Trieste, the Accademia Filarmonica di Verona, the "Tiroler Festspiele" (Austria), the Konzert Hall and Chuden Hall in Nagoya ( Japan), the Rossini Festival (Pesaro), the New Auditorium of Milan, the Buam Hall in Seoul (Korea)...
He also performed at the Bellini theater in Catania, the San Carlo in Naples, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Hamburg, the Mozart Saal, the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the castle of Bach in Köthen, the Boesendorfer Hall in Vienna, the Music Festival of the Saarland, in Weiden and Sulzbach for Meisterkonzerte, in Bauman Auditorium in Newberg (USA) and many other U.S. cities (Washington, New York, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Cleveland...), the Lower Columbia College in Washington, as well as other places in Europe (Czechoslovakia, Malta, Porto, Oslo, Helsinky, Berlin, Neuhardenberg, Frankfurt.
He has worked with orchestras and as a chamber collaborator with the following ensembles: International Deutsch Chamber Orchestra (Frankfurt), Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (Croatia), Frankfurt Ensemble by Hessichen Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Chantilly (Berlin),Winds of Parma, Orchestra of the San Carlo (Naples), Marche Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Rossini, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Kasugay Symphony Orchestra (Japan), as well as others.
Among the extensive selections of his repertoire stands are the complete Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, a work he has performed countless times from memory, receiving enthusiastic acclaim from international critics (i.e., during the Bach Week in Potsdam, Berlin, Germany) and one he recorded for the American label Centaur. Fanfare and American Record Guide described his recording as an absolute reference with the historic atmosphere of Edwin Fischer; the magazine "Piano News" (Düsseldorf) rated Gianluca's recording 6 out of 6 stars for the quality of his interpretation.
Gianluca has made many recordings, some of which are devoted to unusual repertoire, including unpublished works and world premieres. He has taken part in the complete recording project of the Gradus ad Parnassum by Clementi and has issued a CD dedicated to Liszt with the Years of Pilgrimage, Italy (also for Centaur). Two additional CD's that have received accolades from the critics, include the quintet of G. Onslow and the two piano concertos of Chopin with the Ensemble Concertant Frankfurt for Dabringhaus und Grimm (MDG). On Naxos International Gianluca recorded 1 CD with music by F. Liszt , two CD's with chamber compositions of L.Thuille (including the complete works for violin and piano with violinist Marco Rogliano),two CD’s with the complete set of the 100 J.B.Cramer complete Etudes, for Naxos Grand Piano Label.
For OnClassical and Aevea labels he recorded the 6 Partitas by J.S Bach (2 CD's), a CD devoted to the Sonatas by Mozart and one virtuosic paraphraph. Also, for Danacord, Gianluca recorded a CD, live, at Husum Festival which has been reviewed by Gramophone Magazine (UK) as the best album of the month of November 2013. There are also many live and studio radio recordings broadcast by Munich Radio, a popular radio station in Cleveland, Portland, BBC, Radio New Zealand, Rai Radio Tre and Deutschland Radio Kultur (Berlin). With pianist Konstantin Sherbakov, Gianluca has performed the complete 9 Beethoven Symphonies in the transcription of F. Liszt in Berlin, Neuhardenberg.
Gianluca's repertoire encompasses a large part of the literature for the piano and includes composers as diverse as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Ciaikowsky, and Prokofiev and modern composers Petrassi, Barber, Britten and unknown or little known composers as Thuille and Onslow.
Gianluca Luisi is a Naxos recording artist and Boesendorfer artist.
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